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Your Pain is Your Pain

I suffered a huge disappointment the other day, and as usual I began comparing my hurt to that of friends. A child who died.  A husband who faced a terminal illness.  A mother who struggled to meet the daily needs of her severely disabled son.


And I did what I normally do.  I beat myself up for feeling sad at all. "Look what they're dealing with.  You have it easy compared to them. What right do you have to feel sad? You have so much to be grateful for."


While I did have much to be grateful for, I also had something real to feel sad about. Comparing my losses to others' wasn't helping me process the emotional pain I was experiencing. 


I told a friend what happened to me.  "Oh well," I said, "it could be much worse."


"Yes, it could be worse, but remember what you told me after my husband died? I was afraid I was complaining about my circumstances too much, and you reminded me that my pain was my pain. It was okay to feel bad.  Acknowledging the hurt was the only way I could get to the place of accepting what had happened." 


Light bulb moment. My pain was my pain, and it was real. I wasn't to wallow in it, of course, but I needed to acknowledge it, process it, come to terms with it, and talk to the Lord about it.  I allowed myself to experience the sadness until finally I reached a place of acceptance.




You can be grateful for what God 

has given you while feeling sad 

for what you have lost. 

Georgia's Garden


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Spirit Hunger 

by Gari Meacham


We all have a desperate need for God - not just for following him or being committed to him, but to be intimately connected to him.


We long for purpose, for affirmation, for attention, for nurture. But Gari Meacham writes that we fall short of being desperate for God, or we miss the longed-for romance with God we hear about in scripture. We're uncertain how to distinguish our longings from our fears. When, says Meacham, did our longings turn to hauntings? And when did we buy into the counterfeit yearnings for control, and the insecurity, perfectionism and other attitudes that quench Spirit Hunger?

The answer to Spirit Hunger is to engage God like never before. In this book Meacham shows through her story and the stories of others how to turn worry into belief, problems and heartaches into a life of intimate prayer, and sighs for intimacy into closeness with God. 


To win a copy of this book, please e-mail your name and mailing address to:



by November 25th and you will be entered to win!   


(Winner will be announced in the next newsletter.)


The winner of last month's Book Giveaway is Bonnie Hellum from New York. 

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